Daytrip from Anchorage to Brooks Lodge

An Exciting One Day Adventure at the World Famous Brooks Falls

Price per person: starts at $895

Travel to Brooks Lodge and Brooks Falls where brown bears feed and the friendly National Park Service rangers will answer all of your questions about this incredible park. This trip includes round trip air transportation from Anchorage. We offer the longest time in the park of any Brooks day tour!

Dates: Jun 1 - Sep 18, 2019
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Tour Description

Brooks Lodge overlooks the World Famous Brooks River in the heart of Katmai National Park. The lodge, originally conceived as a fishing camp, has been in operation since 1950 and has gained a worldwide reputation, attracting visitors from all continents. Katmai National Park boasts the largest population of protected brown bears in the world. During the summer sockeye salmon runs, Katmai's Brooks River is the focus of bears feeding in the park, providing visitors with unparalleled views of Alaskan brown bears in their natural habitat.

Five reasons to choose our tour:

  • We give you more time on the ground than any other operator from Anchorage.
  • We have a higher success rate of getting there from Anchorage in inclement weather, thanks to aircraft that feature all-weather, pressurized environment.
  • A full buffet lunch at Brooks Lodge is included.
  • Daytrips from Anchorage get preferred flights.
  • 10% off all apparel in the Brooks Lodge Trading Post as well as 10% off guide services, and rentals (canoes, kayaks, fishing gear) at the Lodge.

Your travels to Brooks Lodge in Katmai National Park begin when you depart from Anchorage bound for Kulik Lodge or King Salmon, Alaska. Upon arrival you will be met for your short shuttle transfer to a Katmai Air float plane. Your 20 minute scenic float plane adventure will take you to Brooks Lodge. Upon arrival, you will be given a brief bear orientation by a park ranger and learn how to conduct yourself while exploring in bear country. You will have the opportunity to visit the World Famous Brooks Falls where brown bears feed and the friendly National Park Service rangers will answer all of your questions about this incredible park.

The Katmai National Park one-day tour includes round trip air transportation from Anchorage to Brooks Lodge (Brooks Camp) for your unguided adventure in Katmai (Brooks Falls). A buffet style lunch is included at Brooks Lodge, as well as 10% off canoe, kayak and fishing gear rentals, 10% off guide services, and 10% off all clothing items in the Brooks Lodge Trading Post.   Though the "Valley of 10,000 Smokes" Natural History Tour is not available on this one-day tour, you may want to inquire about flightseeing toursoffered through the Brooks Lodge office upon arrival.

June 1st through September 18th

One-day tour:  $895.00 per person
All Fees and Taxes are included

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2019 Brooks Lodge Buffet Dining

Breakfast: Adult $17.00 / Child $12.00
Lunch: Adult $24.00 / Child $15.00
Dinner: Adult $40.00 / Child $23.00
Child prices based on ages 2-11 years of age

2019 Canoe and Kayak Rentals

Canoes: $12.00 per hour OR $40.00 per day
Kayaks: $16.00 per hour OR $60.00 per day

General Brooks Lodge Travel Information

Weather and Clothing: Be prepared for stormy weather and sometimes sunshine. Summer daytime temperatures can range from about mid-50's to mid-60's degree F; the average low is 44. Strong winds and sudden gusts frequently sweep the area. Skies are clear about 20 percent in summer and light rain can last for days.

The atmosphere at the lodge is casual, so bring comfortable medium weight sport clothes. By dressing in layers, you can add or subtract clothing and be comfortable regardless of the whim of the weather. Internet service is not available at the lodge.

Laundry Facilities: Laundry Facilities are not available at Brooks Lodge.

Insects: You will need insect repellent. Head nets are highly recommended.

"Bear Jam!": Bear activity at the Lower River may delay crossing Brooks River Bridge. Please be prepared to wait in windy and/or rainy conditions and allow yourself ample time to meet meal services and/or your departing flight.

The following items are a must: Warm jacket or sweater, personal items, walking shoes or boots, sunglasses, raincoat, camera & memory cards, long sleeve shirts, mosquito repellent should be kept with scarf, hat or cap during your travel. Examples of optional items you might consider are binoculars and a day pack.

The Brooks Lodge "Trading Post"

Find a variety of items for sale that may make your stay in Katmai more pleasant and enjoyable.

Personal Items: Toothpaste, insect repellent, soap, film (no memory cards available), batteries and tobacco.

Food and Beverages: Candy, ice, soft drinks, and other snack items including trail mix, beef jerky, etc.

Souvenirs: Hats, sweat shirts, t-shirts, post cards, coffee mugs, posters, film and more.

Fishing Tackle: Line, leader, lures, flies and Alaska fishing license.

Rental Items: Rods & reels, chest waders, canoes, kayaks, single burner stoves, bear resistant containers and showers and towels (for campers).

* Camp stove fuel is available white gas, propane & JetBoil (propane/butane mix).
* Ice is available for purchase at Brooks Lodge.
** Store purchases may be made with Cash, Travelers Checks, MasterCard or Visa.

When are the salmon running?

Salmon runs vary from year to year and it is not possible to predict them with absolute accuracy. Most years a large run of sockeye (red) salmon will begin to enter the Brooks River during the middle of June. This run continues through July and the salmon usually begin to spawn in the Brooks River in early August. The spawn continues throughout August and peaks during early September.

When is the peak time to view bears at Brooks River?

The bear viewing opportunities vary throughout the season and also from year to year, mostly due to differences in salmon runs (see salmon run FAQ). While it is common to see bears almost any time during the summer at Brooks, especially if salmon are present, the possibility also exists that you may not. The National Park Service suggests that the peak times are July or September.

Can I drive to Brooks Lodge?

Driving to Brooks Lodge is not possible. Like most of Alaska, there are no roads to our area and we are accessible by air only.

How long does it take to get there?

The flight from Anchorage to either King Salmon or Kulik Lodge is approximately 1 hour and 30 minutes. The floatplane to Brooks Lodge is approximately 25 minutes.

Can I pay for meals in advance?

Yes. When you make your reservation, you may specify that you would like to prepay all or part of your meals with your package. Any amount may be paid in advance and you will be given a credit voucher in the amount you prepaid which can be used not only for meals, but also for any souvenirs or tours you purchase while at the lodge.

Are cocktails available at Brooks Lodge?

Beverages at Brooks Lodge can be purchased in the main lodge during lunch and dinner times. The bar opens at 4:00pm. Our beverages typically include Alaskan Amber beer on tap, a selection of wines and premium quality liquors.

Can I hike on my own in the Brooks area?

Yes, there are hiking trails in the park. Maps are available at the NPS Visitor Center next to the lodge.

Are there a lot of bugs?

There can be depending on how wet or dry it has been. You want a good insect repellent with a high DEET concentration for it to be effective. Thick socks will help keep the bugs off while walking through the brush and head nets are available at the Trading Post.

How far away are the platforms for wildlife viewing?

There are three viewing platforms on the Brooks River, all within walking distance from the lodge. They range from 300 yards to one mile from the main lodge.

What is the weather like in Katmai?

The weather in Katmai is very unpredictable. Temperatures can range between 45 and 70 degrees and even lower in September. Wind and rain are common so bring layers that can be added to or taken away as the weather dictates.

How long can I stay on the bear viewing platforms?

The Falls and Riffles Platforms are open from 7am to 10pm. The Lower Platform is always open. If the Falls Platform is full (typical during July), National Park Rangers maintain a waiting list and trade guests off every hour so that everyone gets a chance. You can put your name back on the list for another turn as many times as you like.

For further details on Katmai National Park, please visit the NPS website at